Ben Groesbeck

 

We visited with Groesbeck on a hot and windy summer morning when the heat index that day was expected to rise past 100. When you lay pipe, you’re working in ditch-type conditions surrounded by dirt and not much of a breeze, which means it’s even hotter in those areas.

TJ Lint

 

Recently, we caught up with TJ Lint, a laborer with McAninch who has been on the job since June 1.

Lint’s path to McAninch came in what many might consider an untraditional way. A former football player, Lint was a four-year letter winner playing wide receiver at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

Iowa has jobs. What we need is the interest of middle school and high school students to be open to pursuing skilled job opportunities. Over the course of two weeks in May, I chauffeured a $75,000 heavy-equipment simulator to schools in the Des Moines metro area with the goal of bringing “the jobs” to students.

With a fleet of approximately 550 vehicles, keeping everything operating smoothly is no small task for McAninch’s 25 full-time maintenance employees. With the arrival of spring, massive pieces of earthmoving equipment were brought of winter hibernation and sent to job sites. We recently sat down with Jason Paulson, vice president of fleet management, and Tyler Smith, field mechanic, to learn what it takes to keep these machines running strong.